Bring a Buddy – Kayak fishing – Sponsored by Lower Gear Outdoors

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AZ Kayak & Motorless Anglers Presentation
by Marvin Forte and Brian Soefje
Also featuring Dallas Shewmaker, Owner, LowerGear Outdoors
Kayak fishing is on the rise, and for good reason. The cost of entry is low, and the ongoing costs are nearly nothing when compared to other watercraft. Kayak fishing is stealthy and puts the angler closer to the water and more in tune. If you have considered getting into kayak or motorless fishing, this presentation could save you tons of time and energy. Marvin and Brian will share their experience and expertise fishing with a spinning rod, bait caster or fly rod. Multiple angling kayaks and watercraft will be on display. Marvin and Brian will also cover some of the best waters to kayak fish in Arizona, as well as answering your questions.
Marvin Forte
Marvin is on Native Watercraft’s ProStaff.
He’s one the administrators of Arizona Kayak & Motorless Anglers, a fishing club and Facebook group of over 1,900 members.
As Chapter Coordinator for the Arizona chapter of Heroes on the Water, he gives back to veterans, active military and first responders, spreading the excitement and relaxation of kayak fishing.
He’s participated in over 20 kayak fishing tournaments in Arizona, placing first, second and third.
“One of the great things about kayak fishing in Arizona, is that I can get out on the water 12 months out of the year, and when summer gets too hot, I hit the mountains for some cooler temps and different species. Some guys see a fishing kayak as a stepping stone to a bass boat, but not me. I’d rather be in a kayak than a bass boat any day. Close to water, in touch with nature, authentic. That’s why I kayak fish.”
Brian Soefje
Brian is on Hobie’s Kayak Fishing Team, Cactus Wren Outdoor’s Pro Staff, and Kistler Rod’s Regional Team. He’s also the Secretary of the Arizona Chapter of Heroes on the Water.
A regular kayak tournament angler, Brian has placed first place in over eight tournaments and he is well on his way to qualifying for the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship.
He’s a certified AZ Game & Fish Fishing Instructor, a regular speaker at Bass Pro Shops and the International Sportsman Expo in Scottsdale. He’s an active member of the AZ Kayak and Motorless Anglers club and Facebook group (1900+ members strong. He hosts his own YouTube channel under his alias, AZKayakFisherman.
“I was introduced to the new sport of kayak fishing five years ago and I caught the bug. I enjoy fishing from a bass boat but kayak fishing is incredible! You will now see me on an Arizona lake pretty much every weekend and even some weekdays. I enjoy teaching and love talking about this great sport.“

Wyoming 2017 – Grey Reef Anglers

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Wyoming Pre-trip

Ron Robinson ~

I would like to thank all the members who sent me get well wishes while I was recovering from heart surgery. I want to give a special thank you to Bob Sickles for all his help while I was away. I should be back to limited action soon.

This month’s education class will focus on how and when to add “bling” to your flies. We will review how these techniques have evolved over the years and give each student an opportunity to tie a few patterns for their next trip. The club will supply all materials and equipment for those in need.

We also will talk about the upcoming Wyoming trip. All are welcome whether you are going on this trip, thinking about a future trip, or just want to hang out and socialize. Topics will include what to bring (clothing, cigars, etc.), rehash of last year’s experience and what to expect, information on rods, leaders, tippet, flies, etc., and current conditions at Grey Reef and the Miracle Mile. Come on out and share in the pre-adventure.

Please note that our formal casting classes have ended until cooler weather returns in the fall. You can still attend informal weekly “casting meet-ups” at Roadrunner Park every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. The meet-ups are good opportunities to get some one-on-one help as well as fly fishing information from other members.

Cole Glenn San Juan Anglers

Cole Glenn was born and raised in Woodland Park Colorado before relocating to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College.  He got his first trout fishing education while growing up on a ranch with trout ponds and many gold metal rivers in the area.
Cole graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Tourism Resort Management degree and spent some years working in the hospitality and resort industries. After attending a Fly Fishing Guide School he took a guide position at the shop, but soon became the general manager at The San Juan Angler.
He likes to spend his off time exploring backcountry streams, hunting for trophy trout on the Los Pinos River, as well as testing his metal on the mighty and challenging Animas River. He has a unique knowledge of the Southwest as he has called Durango home for the past 13 years. Cole demonstrates a deep passion for the sport and enjoys sharing those experiences with others.

Jim Cox, Western Rivers Conservancy

Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy will make a presentation entitled “Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.”  WRC has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states.  The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access.  Included in the program is stunning photography of past and current projects including work on some of the most iconic fly fishing rivers across the West including Idaho’s Salmon River, Oregon’s John Day  and North Umpqua, the Yampa and Rio Grande in Colorado, the Madison River in Montana, California’s Klamath Rivers, and Washington’s Hoh River.  We will also chat about our work in Arizona to protect Fossil Creek and the East Verde.

Jim Cox Bio:

Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Donor Relations in 2011. He has more than 25 years experience working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable and is also a member of Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, IFFF,  the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among many other conservation groups. Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University.